The Open Championship, Lefty Leads After Second Round

Phil Mickelson was not able to match his first round heroics, but he was able to put together a round good enough to lead the Open Championship going into the third round at Royal Troon.   Though, unlike day one his lead is very narrow as Henrik Stenson had himself a day and drew to within a stroke. Lurking in behind Stenson is Soren Kjeldsen and Keegan Bradley both at 7-under.  Behind them is reigning Champion Zach Johnson who may have found himself much closer if he would not have melted down late in each of his first two rounds.  With that said, he is 5-under and only 5 strokes off the pace.

Friday was much different from Thursday weather wise and as the day went on, it only got worse.  Along with the weather, the scores also progressively got worse.   The Conditions were so bad that on the par three 14th, “Alton” as it is named, Jason Day played a 5 iron on the hole.  The hole is 173 yards and his second shot was from 60 yards out.   He was able to get up and down and par the hole. Imagine if you will, what a normal player would have to hit there in order to convert.  The rain and wind blew so hard at times the umbrellas were placed in front of the players and not over top of them.   Yes, we have all seen sideways rain and wind.  But have we ever played golf in that kind of weather?  How about play one of the games Great Courses in the oldest tournament on the tour?  Yea, me neither.

The morning conditions were the best of the day and I think Phil Mickelson probably feels like he did not take enough advantage of the situation.  He bogeyed the  two holes of the tournament today but was able to keep things in check.

Henrik Stenson on the other hand, was on fire today as he would post a 65 with 7 birdies and just one bogey.  He was able to get through his round in just 28 putts.  I say just 28 because these players are used to playing on greens with a minimum of an 11 on the Stimp meter.  Today, it was much closer to an 8 which is what you would find on a wet municipal course near your home.    It was a tough day to putt and he was very successful.  Although he hit 89% of the greens in regulation and was able to convert more times than not.

Notables that did not make the cut and are not playing this weekend include Ernie Els, John Daly, and Louis Oosthuizen.

The Pairings are out for Saturday and here they are, courtesy TheOpenChampionship.com

08:25
1
South Africa
PORTEOUS, Haydn
08:35
2
USA
KIZZIRE, Patton
 Japan
ICHIHARA, Kodai
08:45
3
USA
WATSON, Bubba
 England
WILLETT, Danny
08:55
4
USA
SPIETH, Jordan
 USA
SNEDEKER, Brandt
09:05
5
Scotland
LAWRIE, Paul
 USA
FURYK, Jim
09:15
6
USA
CHAPPELL, Kevin
 USA
ENGLISH, Harris
09:25
7
Scotland
MONTGOMERIE, Colin
 England
EVANS, Ryan
09:35
8
USA
HAHN, James
 Northern Ireland
McDOWELL, Graeme
09:45
9
Belgium
COLSAERTS, Nicolas
 Korea
LEE, Soomin
09:55
10
England
ROSE, Justin
 Thailand
JAIDEE, Thongchai
10:10
11
USA
PALMER, Ryan
 Spain
RAHM, Jon
10:20
12
England
DONALD, Luke
 South Africa
LOMBARD, Zander
10:30
13
USA
DAWSON, Marco
Australia
HEND, Scott
10:40
14
South Africa
GRACE, Branden
 USA
THOMAS, Justin
10:50
15
USA
SUMMERHAYS, Daniel
 Belgium
PIETERS, Thomas
11:00
16
England
WESTWOOD, Lee
 USA
HOFFMAN, Charley
11:10
17
England
HOWELL, David
 Australia
DAY, Jason
11:20
18
Northern Ireland
CLARKE, Darren
Australia
LEISHMAN, Marc
11:30
19
USA
VARNER III, Harold
 Spain
JIMENEZ, Miguel Angel
11:40
20
USA
O’MEARA, Mark
USA
MOORE, Ryan
11:55
21
England
SULLIVAN, Andy
 Australia
CHALMERS, Greg
12:05
22
Australia
JONES, Matt
 South Africa
STERNE, Richard
12:15
23
USA
WOODLAND, Gary
 USA
STRICKER, Steve
12:25
24
Wales
DONALDSON, Jamie
Republic of Ireland
HARRINGTON, Padraig
12:35
25
Sweden
NOREN, Alex
 England
SOUTHGATE, Matthew
12:45
26
Japan
IKEDA, Yuta
USA
SIMPSON, Webb
12:55
27
USA
DUFNER, Jason
Australia
SCOTT, Adam
13:05
28
Scotland
KNOX, Russell
USA
KISNER, Kevin
13:15
29
USA
FOWLER, Rickie
England
HATTON, Tyrrell
13:25
30
India
LAHIRI, Anirban
 Argentina
GRILLO, Emiliano
13:40
31
Korea
KIM, KT
 Northern Ireland
McILROY, Rory
13:50
32
Korea
AN, Byeong Hun
 USA
REED, Patrick
14:00
33
USA
HERMAN, Jim
 USA
HOLMES, JB
14:10
34
USA
JOHNSON, Dustin
Italy
MOLINARI, Francesco
14:20
35
Spain
CABRERA-BELLO, Rafael
Germany
KAYMER, Martin
14:30
36
USA
KUCHAR, Matt
USA
NA, Kevin
14:40
37
Spain
GARCIA, Sergio
England
JOHNSTON, Andrew
14:50
38
South Africa
SCHWARTZEL, Charl
 USA
HAAS, Bill
15:00
39
USA
FINAU, Tony
 USA
JOHNSON, Zach
15:10
40
USA
BRADLEY, Keegan
 Denmark
KJELDSEN, Soren
15:20
41
Sweden
STENSON, Henrik
USA
MICKELSON, Phil

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